Elk City Reservoir, State Park, and Wildlife Area

(620) 331-6295
4825 Squaw Creek Rd, Independence, KS 67301
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Located about 5 miles northwest of Independence, 1 mile north of US-160 Dense oak and hickory woodlands meet rolling meadows of big bluestem and Indian grass at this striking 857-acre park located on the east shore of 4,500-acre Elk City Reservoir with 12,000 acres of wildlife area nearby. Elk City State Park offers a quiet, family-oriented get-away. The compact park allows easy, quick access to features including boat ramps, a swim beach, camping, playgrounds, and hiking trails. The lake area offers picturesque views ranging from open prairie to wooded hills and limestone bluffs. The area is well-known for its diverse trail systems, including the Eagle Rock Mountain Bike Trail, the Post-Oak and Green Thumb Nature Trails, the Table Mound Hiking Trail, and the Squaw Creek Hiking Trail. Also nearby is the Elk River Hiking Trail, a 15-mile trail from the west end of the dam to the US-160 bridge over the Elk River south of Elk City. Wildlife watchers can see a variety of Kansas wildlife, including the large pileated woodpecker which is common in the mature trees along the Elk River. Elk City Reservoir is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers . Campsites and RV hookups (including an equestrian area with corrals), Swimming, Boating, Skiing, Fishing, Hunting (in the wildlife area), Wildlife-watching, Trails

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